- Jan 25, 2020
Early Sunday morning in Rome, some of the 180 bishops participating in the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon will make a pilgrimage to the Catacombs of Domitilla on the outskirts of Rome to renew a promise by bishops at Vatican II to live like the poor.
A Synod of Bishops was conceived as a chance for the home office, i.e., the Vatican, to hear from its middle mangers around the world, i.e., the bishops. For some time, it’s been evolving into a chance for the middle-mangers in tandem with the home office to hear from two other constituencies.
Though it is only day two of this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, participants have nearly unanimously flagged a regional priest shortage and the need for a clear ministry for women as key issues up for discussion, yet while the questions seem to be clear, the answers are far from it.
One of three prelates tapped by Pope Francis as presidents of this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon has urged participants to fear neither forging new paths for evangelization in the region, nor criticism of these novelties, saying critics of the synod’s agenda should be prayed for.
Soon-to-be Cardinal Michael Czerny, one of Pope Francis’s top collaborators inside the Roman Curia who serves as both the public face of Francis’s agenda for migrants and refugees and who is playing a key role in organizing next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, has said he is not afraid of criticism of the event.
Pope Francis appointed three delegate presidents for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.